The Glory of God and the Total Perspective Vortex

Douglas Adam’s book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe features a hellish device called the “Total Perspective Vortex”: When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it there's a tiny little speck, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here." The notion is that this will fill you with a sense of your smallness and inadequacy in the face of the magnitude of the Universe, an … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Mineral, Vegetable, Animal, Human, and Divine

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here. Today's post is from Chapter 52, "Solution of the Difficulty: Distinction in God According to Relations".In the previous chapter, Thomas posed a problem: how can God be three persons, yet remain metaphysically simple? It’s a serious question: if God were not metaphysically simple, then God’s existence must have been caused by something else, and God simply wo … [Read more...]

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You Can’t Change Him…But He Can Grow

My wife and I went and saw a production of Guys and Dolls this past weekend, and got to hear Miss Adelaide sing,At Wanamaker's and Saks and Klein's A lesson I've been taught You can't get alterations on a dress you haven't bought For those coming late to the story, the show concerns Miss Adelaide, a dancer at the Hot Box night club, and Miss Sarah Brown, captain of the Save A Soul Mission, who have both fallen in love with the wrong kind of guy.  Miss Adelaide has been engaged for f … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Three Equals One? You Don’t Say!

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.When Thomas considers a proposition in his magisterial Summa Theologiae, he does so in the form of a debate.  First he states the proposition in the form of a question.  Then he gives a list of objections: brief arguments as to why the answer to the question is "No!"  He makes it a point to be fair; he lists all of the serious objections he's aware of or can come … [Read more...]

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Let’s Be Unfriends!

How often have you heard statements like this on Facebook? "I unfollowed three nut cases on Twitter today.""I will unfriend anyone who posts about X on my wall.""If you post pictures of X on your wall, then I will unfriend you." (That last one is an exaggeration; you can't use italics on Facebook.)Now, there truly are some nut cases out there. When someone you don't know is  posting the crazy to your wall or messaging strangeness directly at you then unfriending or blocking might … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: How Come I’m Not a Trinity?

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Having consider each person of the revealed Trinity in turn, Thomas now turns his attention to the Trinity as a whole.  The following is an admirably clear and concise summary of the last twenty or so chapters: We must conclude from all we have said that in the Godhead there is something threefold which is not opposed to the unity and simplicity of the divine ess … [Read more...]

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The Little Placard on the Wall: When a Picture Requires a Thousand Words

When I go to an art museum, I always look at the little placard on the wall before I look at the work of art. I know; art is supposed to stand on its own. It shouldn't matter to me on first viewing whether a painting is a Degas or a Picasso or a Rembrandt; I should take it for what it is, first, before looking into its pedigree.I can't help it. At best I glance at the painting, read the placard, and then step back and try to savor it. (Well, usually. Some paintings are downright … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: The Spirit Proceeds from the Father and the Son

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Every Sunday when we recite the Creed at Mass we say that the Holy Spirit proceeds “from the Father and the Son”.  In the early Church there was considerable controversy regarding the nature of the Trinity; the Arians, for example, held that the Son was not divine but was simply the highest of all creatures.  Others held that the Holy Spirit was a kind of creation … [Read more...]

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Mercy and Long Time Horizons

We Christians seem to spend a lot of time telling folks what not to do.  You mustn’t do this, you mustn’t do that, we say, or else you’re going to be a greasy spot on the pavement after the lightning strikes you.  At least, that’s the popular conception.  God is an angry God, and He’s just looking for the proper moment to strike you down, and we Christians are all down with that.There’s a kernel of truth to this perception—though just a kernel, or there’d be greasy spots in many surprising pl … [Read more...]

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